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Part of the Correspondant takeover
Daniel Valanti and Stefano Serafini are veterans in their own right, each boasting DJing careers stretching back to the mid-90s in Riccione, Italy. But fast-forward to 2005 and, after residencies across the clubbing bulwarks of Northern Italy’s Rimini province, it was time for something new. Taking on the monikers of Pepe and Giaga, the pair birthed Margot, with Margot Records coming shortly after to free up their analogue research into mid-noughties tech house. Their sound gradually took a turn to the more spacey, but it wasn’t until James Holden got a hold of them in 2010 that things really took off, giving their four arp-driven interplanetary odysseys a proper chance to shine on his legendary Border Community label. Another healthy dose of exposure came from a trippy remix of Daphni’s ‘Ahora’ the year after.
Margot have barely had a chance to refuel since, let alone come back down to earth, largely leaving their eponymous label in orbit while they fired off a string of successful releases including Magico Disco on Kill the DJ Records. The beats have stayed chuggy and the mood psychedelic, but the pair’s sound has evolved both backwards and forwards in time into a multidimensional array of acid disco inflections and Italo throwbacks. The journey has seen them collide with the brightest stars of that musical spectrum, including Red Axes’ unforgettable remix of Magico Disco and releases on both Prins Thomas’ and Ivan Smagghe’s labels.
Margot’s own sound has never failed to stay fresh, but they’ve now turned their hand to working with yet another legend in the form of DJ Tennis. Their collaboration as Colli Alban, ‘Walking In The Night’, is out on Correspondant’s Compilation 05, and we hope it’s far from a one off.
Margot’s four selections are based on what’s influenced their productions over the year. Beyond a reverence for their homeland and the years that formed their musical beginnings, there is little to unify the tracks they’ve picked – no big surprise given where they’ve come.